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1981 Martin D-28 Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1981 Martin D-28 dreadnought acoustic guitar in excellent condition, complete with a hardshell case. This Martin has received the maintenance due an acoustic of this vintage, boasting a professional neck reset and new tall carved and compensated bone saddle. Tonewoods include solid East Indian rosewood back and sides paired with a solid Sitka spruce top that has cured to perfection. The guitar projects easily with tons of volume and a snappy yet relaxed response afforded a top that’s been nicely worked in for a few decades. This D-28 has Martin's distinctive square shoulder dreadnought sound with great percussive cut and a bold, full-sounding character. The string-to-string response is very even, attributable to the body shape and tonewoods, and the guitar offers bold low end with good kick, not overshadowing the sparkling, sweet treble register and smooth midrange. The guitar weighs 4lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and fresh bronze 12-54 strings.

The mahogany neck has an extremely soft V-shaped profile carve, feeling more like a U given its appreciable depth and roundness, specifically in the higher registers, measuring .870" deep at the 1st fret, graduating to .995" at the 9th. The guitar boasts a slab ebony fretboard which adds to the instrument's glassy note attack, and the original slender frets have plenty of meat and crown, showing moderate wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3 and lighter wear extending beneath the plains to fret 7. With 14 frets clear of the body, this D-28 has Martin's traditional 25.4" scale length and the original nut measures 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock face, the original gold Martin logo is present on the rosewood veneer, and the original Schaller-made tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

The guitar benefits from a fresh neck reset, and there is an older, professionally addressed split across the neck heel, which has also been fitted with a strap button. The ebony bridge features a carved and compensated bone saddle which has ample height. The original bridge plate has also been retained, and a new black pickguard sits flush with the top on all edges, putting no undue tension on the spruce.

The gloss nitro lacquer finish exhibits pick scuffing extending beyond the pickguard on the upper bout, with a couple dings of note and a slender, repaired split at the bass-side waist on top. There are various additional small dings on top, while the rosewood back and sides are crack free and have just a few small finish scratches and minor marks. The neck profile retains its smooth nitro gloss, free of palm wear with just a few minor nicks on the profile length.

A molded black hardshell case is included. The case retains its original latches and handle, with a few stickers on the lid.